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Flexible lighting dazzles headliners

August 28, 2018

USA     Production manager Dizzy Gosnell designed lighting systems for the two main stages at Forecastle Festival (cap. 75,000) in Kentucky that aimed to dazzle in the daylight yet work with artistes’ touring systems and allow for quick set up. With performers including Arcade Fire, Chris Stapleton, Jason Isbell…

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Landmarks shine bright, day and night

August 28, 2018

DENMARK      Singer-songwriter Rasmus Seebach chose a set which drew on some of Copenhagen’s best-known landmarks, including several iconic neon signs, for his latest tour. Lighting designer Jacob Baekmand says that the artiste requested a theatrical feel to the performance space and an LED which did not have the…

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Safety key as screens fly

August 28, 2018

ITALY      Performing at venues including Rome’s Stadio Olimpico (cap. 72,700) and Padua’s Stadio Euganeo (32,400), singer Vasco Rossi aimed for a stark, industrial style set using flying screens-cum-lighting pods as a key effect. Designed by set designer Claudio Santucci of Gioforma and lighting designer Giovanni Pinna, the screens…

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Matthews follows Chorus Line

August 28, 2018

USA      Lighting designers Fenton Williams and Aaron Stinebrink needed a multi-purpose fixture to achieve a variety of effects including backdrop lighting and silhouetting for The Dave Matthews Band’s Come Tomorrow tour. The set comprised an upstage projection feature, around which the designers positioned 30 Chorus Line 16 LED…

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Bluesfest prepares for milestone

August 28, 2018

Australia       The 30th edition of Bryon Bay’s Bluesfest (cap. 25,000) is shaping up to be a “truly memorable” event, according to organisers. Having welcomed acts including Lionel Richie, Neil Young and Mary J Blige in recent years the festival has already announced Jack Johnson, Ben Harper and…

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All about sustainability

July 5, 2018

The historic 3,000-acre Curraghmore Estate in County Waterford will serve as the site for the debut of All Together Now festival, which aims to be environmentally sustainable. The 15,000-capacity music and arts festival, which is being organised by promoter POD Presents, will take place over the Irish Bank Holiday weekend from…

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Global Citizen Festival to celebrate Mandella’s birth

July 4, 2018

The country’s leading promoter Big Concerts is to stage what it describes as the “biggest concert” ever to be staged in South Africa. The Global Citizen Festival Mandela 100 will take place on 2 December at FNB Stadium (cap, 94,000) in Johannesburg. Curated by Coldplay’s Chris Martin, the event will…

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DMZ bridges the divide

June 22, 2018

SET in a disused railway station on the border between North and South Korea the DMZ Peace Train Music Festival (cap. 5,000) may be one of the most ambitious festivals ever staged. Due to take place at Wolijeong train station in the Korean Demilitarisation Zone (DMZ), the event has been…

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Stockholm to stage Lolla

June 22, 2018

Stockholm is to become the third European city to host international festival brand Lollapalooza, with the location being described as “the perfect match” by organisers. The festival, which is already held in Germany’s Berlin and France’s Paris, will take place at Gärdet from 28-29 June next year and consist of…

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Festival machine heads for chateau

June 22, 2018

The medieval town of Camon in the south of France will be the backdrop for the three-day Machine du Vin (cap. 10,000) festival. Having already staged events, featuring music and wine, across vineyards in Australia organiser Wine Machine is to hold the festival in the grounds of Abbaye Chateau de…

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Riding the waves

May 22, 2018

More than 150 performances will take place across 15 stages during Rotterdam’s North Sea Jazz (cap. 20,000) festival. Lauded by organisers Live Nation-owned Mojo Concerts as the world’s largest indoor music festival, the event at Rotterdam Ahoy (15,000) has been running since 1976. “Since our move to Rotterdam in 2006,…

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Festivals seek permanence

May 22, 2018

Two of the country’s biggest festivals are seeking permission to make the site of their current events permanent. Splendour in the Grass (cap. 35,000) and Falls festival (16,000), both organised by Secret Sounds, are staged at North Byron Parklands in New South Wales. The site has been hosting the festivals…

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The secret’s out

May 21, 2018

Held during Northern hemisphere’s summer solstice the 18,000-capacity Secret Solstice promises festival-goers 96 hours of daylight. Now in its fifth year, having begun life as an event for 3,000 people, the festival based in the Laugardalur area of capital Reykjavik has grown rapidly. “We sold-out for the first time in…

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Authentic festival experience at BBK

April 27, 2018

Fans attending Bilbao’s BBK Live (cap. 40,000) can expect improvements in all aspects of the festival as its prepares for its 12th year, say organisers. The Last Tour international-promoted event takes place from 12-14 July on Kobetamendi mountain, overlooking the city. “We have been making improvements year-on-year to improve the…

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A touch of the Irish comes to Sydney

April 26, 2018

A fusion of Irish music, culture, dance and sport will be on display as part of the inaugural Magners Sydney Irish Festival, taking place in Sydney. The event, held on 10 and 11 November, will be staged at Sydney Showground (cap. 16,000) and Sydney Olympic Park (25,000), with a concert…

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Sena takes over Airwaves

April 26, 2018

Promoter Sena Live says it will look to book more home-grown acts alongside international artistes after buying multi-venue festival Iceland Airwaves (overall cap. 9,000). The event, which is held in Reykjavik in November, was owned by the festival’s main sponsor, the airline Icelandair. Sena has also bought the rights to…

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Debut event in beach paradise

March 20, 2018

A remote beach setting is to be the location for the country’s first international music festival. Kala festival (cap. 2,000) will take place over seven days between 20-27 June. Organised by UK-based Mainstage Festivals the event will feature five stages, along with a sixth hidden stage which is only accessible…

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Girl power to rock in Lisbon

March 20, 2018

  The final day of the 80,000-capacity Rock in Rio Lisboa will feature an all-female line-up on its main stage. Katy Perry, Jessie J and Hailee Steinfeld will be among the performers at Lisbon’s Bela Vista Park. Founded in 2004, the festival which is staged every other year, will also…

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Snow and music a winning formula

March 20, 2018

After creating Snowbombing 19 years ago, the organisers of the event say the combination of skiing and live music has exceeded all expectations. Taking place in Mayrhofen between 9-14 April, the festival features five stages with events taking places throughout the day and night. The largest outdoor stage, The Forest,…

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River fest moves upstream

February 21, 2018

Live Nation Canada is partnering with the organisers of Rockin’ River Music Fest (cap. 20,000) to produce the annual country music event. Founded in 2009 by Kenny Hass, the festival will take place between 2-5 August in Merritt, British Columbia. More than 30 acts will be performing across multiple stages,…

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